Ready to vote in Rhodes

Three city council candidates running for two seats

RHODES — Election Day 2017 is less than three weeks away, and Rhodes residents will have a few choices for city council at the voting booth.

There are two seats open in the Nov. 7 election, and two incumbents are running to keep their seats, while challenger Jessica Armstrong is hoping to take office.

“I’ve lived here for about five years, and I thought this was a good way to help the community and find a way to be involved,” Armstrong said of why she decided to run. “I work for a school in Texas, so I work from home; that was another reason I’m running for city council, I’m in town all the time.”

As an institutional researcher who reports to the Texas Higher Education Board and other state and federal agencies, Armstrong said she deals with a lot of statistical information.

“I’m very loyal to a cause when I become involved in something,” she said. “I am very involved in the community; I work with the church here in town and I also run our rec center here in town.”

As a relatively new community member, Armstrong also said she may be able to bring “a new perspective on things” to the Rhodes City Council.

Incumbent candidate Jerry Klosterman said he’s enjoyed working in city government for many years of his life. He was a councilman for 14 years in the 1970s and 1980s before stepping down to spend time with his late wife.

“I brought a little of that experience with me … it helped teach some of the younger ones too, what being a councilperson’s actually all about,” he said of his return to the council in 2009. “They were wanting some experience and whatnot, being as we were going through this sewer project, and I’d been through that before in my first term back in the 70s and early 80s.”

Klosterman was re-elected in 2013, and said he’s always been interested in how city government works.

Attempts by the T-R to reach incumbent candidate Stephen Clement for comment were unsuccessful.

On Election Day Nov. 7, Rhodes voters can go to Rhodes United Methodist Church at 300 N. Marietta St. to cast their ballots.

For more information on city elections in Marshall County, go to www.co.marshall.ia.us/departments/auditor/election/electiondetails/2017/city-election-november-7-2017/city-election-information/

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Contact Adam Sodders at (641) 753-6611 or asodders@timesrepublican.com